30 Jan 2009

Norfolk and Wagner in to Melbourne quad final


NEWS ARTICLE

Peter Norfolk (GBR) and David Wagner (USA) will meet in their third Australian Open quad singles final on Saturday after each winning their respective third roun-robin matches on Friday at Melbourne Park.

With temperaturees again in excess of 40C, the start of play on all outside courts was delayed and the quad matches got underway two hours later than originally planned. However, when the action started world No 1 Wagner raced through his opening set againt Johan Andersson (SWE) in just 19 minutes.

However, Andersson looked like forcing a third set as he secured a double break at the start of the second to go 3-0 ahead. Andersson served for the set at 5-2 and 5-4 up, but both times Wagner held on and drew level at 5-5 before forcing a tiebreak.

With Andersson serving first in the tiebreak, Wagner secured the first breakthrough to go 4-2 ahead, but Andersson retrieved the mini-break to level at 4-4. However, that was to be the Swede's last success as Wagner went on to convert the first of two match points to wrap up a 60 76(4) victory.

In the other quad match Norfolk broke first to lead his must-win contest against Nick Taylor (USA) 3-1. Although Taylor broke back to draw level, he could never edge ahead of Norfolk and the defending champion converted his second set point to take the first set 7-5.

Norfolk dominated the second set, opening up a 5-0 lead before Taylor held serve. Nut Norfolk only need one opportunity to serve for the matching, closing out a 75 61 victory on his first match point after 69 minutes.

Seeds win doubles titles

Top seeds Korie Homan and Esther Vergeer (NED) won their first Australian Open women's doubles crown as a partnership on Friday as the first of the 2009 titles were decided in Melbourne.

Surprise finalists Agnieszka Bartczak (POL) and Katharina Kruger (GBR) held their opening service game in the second game of the final, but despite a determined effort that was to be their only success in the match as Homan and Vergeer eased to a 61 60 victory in double-quick time.

An upset looked like it might be on the cards in the men's doubles final as Stefan Olsson (SWE) and Maikel Scheffers (NED) took a 5-3 first set lead against top seeds Robin Ammerlaan (NED) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN).

Olsson and Scheffers had a set point on their own serve at 5-4, but were unable seize the opportunity and Ammerlaan and Kunieda won 10 of the next 11 games to seal a 75 61 victory after an hour and five minutes.

There was no hint of an upset in the quad doubles final as defending champions Taylor and Wagner won the last three games of the first set and the first four games of the second set en route to a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Saturday's singles finals all take place on Show Court 2 at Melbourne Park. Play begins at 13.00 local time. Homan and Vergeer go-head-to-head first in the much-anticipated women's singles final, while Kunieda takes on Stephane Houdet (FRA) straight afterwards in the men's singles final. The quad singles final between Norfolk and Wagner bring the 2009 Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open to a conclusion.

Live scores for all of Saturday's finals will be available on the Official Australian Open Website

DRAWS

Men's Singles
Women's Singles
Quad Singles
Men's Doubles
Women's Doubles
Quad Doubles

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